A course on gender equity in education: Does it affect gender role attitudes of preservice teachers?

Erden F.

TEACHING AND TEACHER EDUCATION, vol.25, no.3, pp.409-414, 2009 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tate.2008.11.001
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Page Numbers: pp.409-414
  • Keywords: Gender equity, Preservice teachers' attitudes, Gender socialization, Attitudes toward gender roles, Teacher education programs, STUDENT-TEACHERS, CLASSROOM, BELIEFS, SCIENCE, SCHOOL
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is to investigate if a semester-long course on gender equity in education has an impact on the attitudes of preservice teachers toward gender roles. To this end, a pretest-posttest analysis is carried Out in a state university in Ankara, Turkey, employing a sample of 133 preservice teachers: 33 of whom had taken the course and 100 of whom had not. The results reveal that the course has a substantial impact on the attitudes of the preservice teachers. Indeed, the attitudes of the teacher candidates taking the Course change considerably at the end of the semester, developing more favorable attitudes toward gender issues. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.